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Family Plea Over Marathon Runner Mystery
The family of a British marathon runner missing in Greece are appealing to the public for help to find him.
John Lawton, 62, from Alsager, Cheshire, disappeared during an off-road race near the village of Kardamili in southern Greece on April 8.
Mrs Lawton raised the alarm when her husband, an experienced endurance athlete, failed to cross the finishing line in the Taygetos Challenge.
Mr Lawton passed the fourth checkpoint on the mountain trail but did not reach the fifth checkpoint, said the race organisers.
His wife Lynda, son Steve and brother David have joined police and volunteers in the search for Mr Lawton, said Cheshire Constabulary.
Steve Lawton, also a keen marathon runner, has retraced his father's steps on the route.
He said: "We are increasingly concerned for my father's safety and it is vitally important that we maintain the momentum of the search."
The British embassy in Athens has been informed of the disappearance.
A posting on the Sandbach Striders website read: "John Lawton, a popular and well-respected member of Sandbach Striders, has not been seen since Sunday 8th of April when he ran in the Taygetos Challenge 2012, near Kalamata.
"As each Strider will already know, John is a highly experienced off-road and marathon runner.
"It goes without saying that we are all deeply concerned about him at this time and our thoughts are with his wife Lynda and his family.
"We are all hoping and praying that we have some good news to report very soon."
Anyone with any information in relation to Mr Lawton's whereabouts can contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident 960.